My Great-Great Grandfather was the “Wise Man of Koyama.”

This is a photograph of my Great-Grandmother (middle sitting down) and her entire family in Japan. My Great-Great Grandfather, Yo Koyama, is the older man with the beard standing up. He was called the “Wise Man of Koyama.” He graduated from Keio University in Minato, Tokyo, which is one of…


Eva hands out birthday invitations while singing “God Bless America.”

I filmed with my Grandmother at a Euclid Community Center in Euclid, Ohio, during CARP’s weekly luncheon. Her 88th birthday party is coming up in May, and I wanted to capture her handing out birthday invitations.


Holidays and the traditions of our Grandparents

Grandparents play many roles in the lives of their grandchildren. They spoil, provide attention and shower them with gifts. But, the contribution of a grandparent goes beyond the short-term joys of presents. Their most vital role is that of the family historian, mentor and role model. They’re the living connections…


Good Luck Soup short: Ellen Rose and Japanese Folk Dancing

I will be producing a series of documentary shorts and portraits to accompany the Good Luck Soup film. The end result will not only be a feature length documentary, but also a photography gallery exhibition and a web based series of interactive short documentaries. A transmedia approach. I’ve decided to…


Grandma’s First Ohio State Buckeye’s Game

I took my Grandmother to her first Ohio State University Buckeye’s Football Game on Nov 3, 2012. My Grandmother is a sports nut. For most of her life, she’s played one sport or another, and had actually aspired to be a physical education teacher before she was sent to the…